Posted on June 09, 2017
MHA CEO Brian Peters joined Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, state Budget Director Al Pscholka, and local business, community and healthcare leaders at a forum hosted June 5 to discuss the importance of Medicaid and the state’s innovative Healthy Michigan Plan to families, businesses and communities across Michigan. The event was held at the Care Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Lansing, which has been able to provide more preventive care and help Lansing-area hospitals reduce readmission rates since the Healthy Michigan Plan expanded access to Medicaid.
“Medicaid and Healthy Michigan have been instrumental in broadening access to essential healthcare,” said the clinic’s CEO and medical director, Farhan Bhatti, MD. “For too many, it was a decision between necessities like rent or food, or going to see the doctor. These programs help avoid that horrific dilemma and allow people to lead healthier lifestyles.”
In addition to touring the clinic, forum participants discussed the high-value care that the Healthy Michigan Plan makes possible, the program’s innovative solutions to save taxpayer dollars and improve coverage in Michigan, and the need to maintain a strong safety net of access to healthcare and health coverage for residents across the state. For example, a study released this week by researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine found that expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan and other states is associated with better outcomes for heart surgery patients when comparing data for patients in states that did not expand Medicaid.
“Hospitals in communities across the state have seen a significant drop in the amount of uncompensated care and related costs, which allows us to focus on providing the best and most affordable healthcare possible,” Peters said. “The Healthy Michigan Plan has been instrumental in ensuring Michiganders have access to essential care at the right place at the right time like this clinic, rather than late-stage, urgent interventions or emergency room visits. It’s critical that we can continue to do that.”
Members with questions about the event should contact Laura Wotruba at the MHA.
Photo Caption: MHA CEO Brian Peters (right) talks to reporters about the importance of the Healthy Michigan Plan while Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Daman (left) listens in during a forum hosted at the Care Free Medical and Dental Clinic, Lansing.
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